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1 in 8 with Fibromyalgia Uses Medicinal Cannabis
By Kerry Grens, Reuters
New York: One in eight people with the painful condition fibromyalgia self-medicate with pot and other cannabis products, according to a new Canadian study.
"That is not unusual behavior, in general, for people with chronic medical illnesses for which we don't have great treatments," said Dr. Igor Grant, who heads the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at the University of California and was not involved in the study.
"People start looking around, they look for other types of remedies, because they need the help," he told Reuters Health continued...
Dr. Anthony Henman "One of the best effects Marijuana can have is to produce a degree of euphoria which boosts morale in a depressing situation"
ANECDOTAL / PERSONAL STORIES
Peter Ste-Marie The study showed that pot smokers and non-users had the same rates of disability and unemployment. However, patients who had unstable mental illness or had a worrisome use of opioid pain medications were more likely to report using cannabis - a finding that raised concerns as a pain researcher at McGill University in Montreal.
2012: The Open Neurology Journal
Jul 4 published review: The DEA should re-classify marijuana. The present classification of cannabis and its organic compounds as schedule I prohibited substances under federal law is scientifically indefensible.
How procedural and legal restrictions make studying the effects of medical marijuana difficult.
2000: Madrid discovery
Most Americans didn't know anything when researchers announced they had destroyed incurable brain cancer tumors in rats by injecting them with THC, the active ingredient in cannabis. Virtually no U.S. newspapers carried the story, which ran only once on the AP and UPI news wires, on Feb. 29. The ominous part is that this isn't the first time scientists have discovered that THC shrinks tumors. In 1974 researchers at the Medical College of Virginia, who had been funded by the National Institute of Health to find evidence that marijuana damages the immune system, found instead that THC slowed the growth of three kinds of cancer in mice -- lung and breast cancer, and a virus-induced leukemia. The DEA quickly shut down the Virginia study and all further cannabis/tumor research.
1998: The Lancet,
vol 352, number 9140, November 14: "We say that on the medical evidence available, moderate indulgence in cannabis has little ill-effect on health, and that decisions to ban or legalise cannabis should be based on other considerations."
1993: U.S. Department of Transportation,
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(DOT HS 808 078), Final Report: "THC's adverse effects on driving performance appear relatively small"
1987: The USA Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy
"Cannabis can be used on an episodic but continual basis without evidence of social or psychic dysfunction. In many users the term dependence with its obvious connotations, probably is mis-applied. The chief opposition to the drug rests on a moral and political, and not toxicologic, foundation".
1976: "The Therapeutic Potential of Marijuana"
When U.S. government sponsored marijuana research prior to 1976 it was indicated that pot was harmless or beneficial, the methodology of how the studies were done was always presented in detail in the reports, You will see exactly what the methodology of each medical study was.
However, when our government bureaucrats deliberately sponsored negative marijuana research time and time again Playboy magazine and/or NORML, High times, etc. had to sue under the new Freedom of Information Act to find out the actual methods employed.
1974: Dr. Heath/Tulane Study
The Hype: Brain Damage in Dead Monkeys: In 1974, California Governor Ronald Reagan was asked about decriminalizing marijuana. After producing the Heath/Tulane University study, the so-called "Great Communicator" told the national press, "The most reliable scientific sources say permanent brain damage is one of the inevitable results of the use of marijuana." (L.A. Times.)
The facts: Suffocation of Research Animals: The Heath "Hoodoo" Research methodology, as reported in Playboy: Rhesus monkeys were strapped into a chair and then strapped into gas masks and given the equivalent of 63 Colombian strength joints in "five minutes, thru the gas masks" losing no smoke. The monkeys were suffocating!
1974: Cannabis Shrinks Tumors: "The Government knew an active chemical agent in marijuana curbs the growth of three kinds of cancer in mice and may also suppress the immunity reaction that causes rejection of organ transplants, a Medical College of Virginia team had discovered." The researchers "found that THC slowed the growth of lung cancers, breast cancers and a virus-induced leukemia in laboratory mice, and prolonged their lives by as much as 36 percent."
1974: US Jamaican Study "... as a multipurpose plant, ganja is used medicinally, even by non-smokers. There were no indications of organic brain damage or chromosome damage among smokers and no significant clinical psychiatric, psychological or medical) differences between smokers and controls." "No impairment of physiological, sensory and perceptual performance, tests of concept formation, abstracting ability, and cognitive style, and tests of memory" "[Cannabis smoking] does not lead directly to mental or physical deterioration. Those who have consumed marijuana for a period of years showed no mental or physical deterioration which may be attributed to the drug."
1972: US Marihuana: A Signal of Misunderstanding:
Commissioned by President Richard M. Nixon, March, 1972
1968: UK ROYAL COMMISSION, THE WOOTTON REPORT
"Having reviewed all the material available to us we find ourselves in agreement with the conclusion reached by the Indian Hemp Drugs Commission appointed by the Government of India (1893-94) and the New York Mayor's Committee (1944 - LaGuardia)that the long-term consumption of cannabis in moderate doses has no harmful effects" "the long-asserted dangers of cannabis are exaggerated and that the related law is socially damaging, if not unworkable"
1944: LaGuardia Commission Report
"Cannabis smoking does not lead directly to mental or physical deterioration... Those who have consumed marijuana for a period of years showed no mental or physical deterioration which may be attributed to the drug."
1925: Panama Canal Zone Report
"There is no evidence that any deleterious influence on the individual using cannabis"
1894: Indian Hemp Drugs Commission
"The commission has come to the conclusion that the moderate use of hemp drugs is practically attended by no evil results at all. Moderate use of hemp appears to cause no appreciable physical injury of any kind, no injurious effects on the mind and no moral injury whatever."